Assessment and Response

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Guiding Questions:
1. During our first class together, we learned that core commitments to child protection in emergencies include: “Ensuring rapid assessment of the situation of children and women and monitoring, advocating against and reporting on severe, systematic abuse, violence and exploitation.” What kinds of assessment(s) are best suited to ensuring this commitment is realized within the first 6-8 weeks?

2. A second core commitment to children in emergencies is to “prevent the separation of children from families and, when it occurs, facilitate the identification and registration of separated children, particularly those under five years of age and adolescent girls.” It also involves “ensuring that family-tracing systems are put in place with appropriate care and protection facilities” What is the role of assessment in ensuring these commitments to separated children? What kinds of assessments are required?

Video Lecturer: Alastair Ager, Professor, Columbia University, New York
To watch the 50 min. lecture click here - use High Speed Version
To download the audio and slides click here

Live Discussant: Ananda Galappatti - Director, The Good Practice Group, Sri Lanka

Learning Objectives:
  • Recognize the key information needs at the various phases of response to emergencies and the importance of sectoral and agency coordination
  • Consider the interaction of functionality and feasibility in determining assessment strategy
  • Identify key tools and approaches for reliable and ethical data collection and use


Additional Resources:

Case Study: Case Study - Assessment

Lecture Slides:
SLIDES: Session 2 - Alastair Ager
SLIDES: Session 2 - Ananda Galappatti